October, 2013 – Karleigh’s Cause – A Community Success!

The Power of Parents Karleigh's Cause
When their beautiful 15 month old daughter, Karleigh, was diagnosed with progressive infantile scoliosis (PIS), Kim Westmiller and her husband had no idea what they were up against.  Fortunately, they connected with Heather Hyatt Montoya and Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program (ISOP), they found answers and resources that led them to Early Treatment with Mehta’s Growth Guidance Casting (MGGC).
These specialized casts are applied every 8 weeks and continue to have a straightening effect on Karleigh’s spine.   Overjoyed with their daughter’s progress and wanting to give something back, the Westmillers founded Karleigh’s Cause!  This family event was a celebration of their daughter’s success and a fundraiser for ISOP.Karleigh’s Cause was held October 20, 2013 at Hearthstone Manor in Depew, NY. The community rallied behind this young lady in full force with a full house in attendance to experience Terry Buchwald’s Tribute to the King, bid in the live and silent auctions, and generally have a blast! In total, the event raised nearly $14,000 for ISOP!  The Westmillers navigated a confusing array of health options and made some tough decisions in the face of their daughter’s potentially fatal condition. Let’s just say that they’re a true testament to PARENT POWER!   It was important to this family that other parents of children with PIS could access this priceless resource.We can’t say enough how grateful we are for all of your efforts that contributed so successfully to Karleigh’s Cause and to ISOP.  Your gift allows Heather to continue to champion straight spines for other children in Karleigh’s situation. The overwhelming support from your community created an event that was an amazing success and truly inspirational.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.Karleigh's Cause pic3


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